The 12th Andover (West) Scout Group

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COVID-19 Latest News (08/04/2021): The great news is that when all sections return after the Easter break the meetings will be to face-to-face at the HQ. Restrictions will remain in that we will be carefully maintaining social distancing and most meetings will be outdoors for now. Our section leader teams will be in contact with all of you before the return with details.

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We are based in the Andover District in North Hampshire. Our Group meet at the Scout Hut on West Portway in Andover (see contact for more details).

Our group consists of Beaver, Cub & Scout sections and in addition, one of the District Explorer units also meets at our hut as well as a Networks section.

We have a great hut with lots of facilities, a large car park and a wonderfully large outside space that is fully and safely enclosed, allowing us to hold camps and many events within our own grounds.

The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people and help them achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individual, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

This website is continuously being added to so please browse it regularly to find new information on the 12th Andover (West) Scout Group.

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Return Dates after Easter

We are pleased to say that we will be able to return to meetings at the HQ after the Easter break. Full details of times and Bubbles plus arrival and pickup times are available from your section leaders but here are the high level details: Beavers – Tuesday April 20th or April 27th (please see parent letters recently sent) and then May 4th for everyone Cubs – Thursday April 22nd Scouts – Monday April 19th We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the HQ once... read more

Maddie Raises £1100 for Charity

Congratulations to one of our Scouts, Maddie Day who has done an amazing thing by walking a grand total of 326,876 steps during March for her ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ challenge (many more than the 310,000 required) and at the same time she has managed to raise £1,100 for the charity. What a wonderful achievement this is and what a great thing to have done during lockdown. We are told that the achievement was made all the more challenging when Maddie managed to get concussion at school playing netball and was off school for 2 days during March! WELL DONE MADDIE – we are really proud of you – a terrific and worthwhile thing to have done.... read more

Beavers & Cubs in Global Issues Camp over Half term

GLOBAL ISSUES CAMP  The Beavers and the Cubs held a joint camp this weekend.  As well as setting up their own camp and sleeping in it overnight they also had a large range of activities to get involved in. They enjoyed going on hikes, cooking, baking, cycling, playing games, helping at home and much more.  Everyone was very busy and had lots of fun.  During the weekend they had three visitors on Zoom, these were: –  Life in the Rainforest  The Beavers and Cubs were able to meet with Paul Carpenter on Zoom.  Paul has travelled to rainforests all over the world searching for tarantula spiders, he even has one that he discovered named after him.  The purpose of his trips is to study, photograph and film the insects, spiders and interesting fauna.  His photos and videos gave everyone a fantastic insight into life in the rainforest.  He then went on to show everyone a selection of the creatures that he breeds in captivity that can be found in the rainforest.  Giant MillipedeLeaf insect Greenpeace  Lea Weimann from Greenpeace joined us on Zoom.  Everyone learnt about Greenpeace and the work that they do.  They also found out all about plastic pollution particularly within our oceans and discussed ways in which they might be able to help with this.  Zoo2U  The Beavers and Cubs were joined by Stacey from Zoo2U and during the meeting they got to see a selection of endangered animals.  Zoo2U are keen to raise awareness of endangered species and they certainly did a great job teaching everyone about all the animals that they had on show. ... read more

12th Andover at the Winter Camp

Winter Camp Certificate It was clear that many of you had a great time taking part in so many activities at the recent Winter Camp. We really enjoyed seeing the Facebook posts from all our sections and you really got into the spirit of it, young people and parents. Lots of you also uploaded your work onto the Winter Camp website and I am pleased to tell you that the 12th finished in the top 200 groups countrywide – really well done everyone. Here are a few lines from an email we received from the camp organisers: “We were humbled by how well received the challenges were and by the huge volume of submissions, it was amazing! We have now been able to score all the entries that we received, there were literally thousands, and we are pleased to announce that: 12th Andover (West) scouts – Finished in the Top 200 of 686 teams.... read more

Winter Camp 2021 Online – Jan 15th to 17th

We cannot do a physical camp this winter of course but there is a fabulous virtual camp planned for this coming weekend across all scouting in the UK and your young person (and you) can take part. All sections can get involved and there are load of activities to do and badges to obtain so why not have a look and get involved. Here’s the link: https://www.wintercamp.org.uk/ Have fun and tell us on your section Facebook page what you get up... read more

The Beavers First Ever District Zoom Event

The local Beavers have taken part in the first ever district event held over Zoom, with an impressive 56 participants logging on.  The evening was hosted by Dan Ball from The Army Flying Museum who taught the Beavers about a wide range of topics including the First and Second World War. They learnt about the two most famous connections to the Army Museum, Prince Harry and Tim Peak. Dan was able to show them many interesting artefacts including items of clothing from World War I and a “Rupert” (dummy soldier) used in World War II.  The Beavers had lots and lots of questions to ask at the end of the evening and they received some very informative answers.    Thank you to the 1st Andover, 4th Andover, 9th Andover, 12th Andover (West) and 23rd Andover for all attending this event.  MINI MEDALS AT THE ANDOVER FLYING MUSEUM  The Army Flying Museum were hosting an art project and the Beavers were invited to create their very own service medals.  After they were all designed, coloured and cut out, they were delivered to The Army Flying Museum and will be displayed once the Museum is able to open again after... read more